The Sky Tonight Update: Draconids Meteor Shower

The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900.

The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th. This year, the nearly new moon will leave dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

One thought on “The Sky Tonight Update: Draconids Meteor Shower

  1. I love these posts, Jay. And your voice is super soothing. Have you thought about making custom shows like this but a bit longer for projecting in the dome?

    On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM Irene W. Pennington Planetarium wrote:

    > Jay Lamm posted: ” The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only > about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by > comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The > Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best ” >

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